Selbyville heroin mom gets probation sentence

The Selbyville woman who was arrested last October after her 4-year-old daughter brought heroin to her daycare signed a plea deal last week.

Ashley R. Tull, 30, pleaded guilty to one charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Tull was sentenced by Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley to one year of probation and substance abuse evaluation, and possible treatment.

On Oct. 6, the 4-year-old girl had unknowingly brought the small bags of heroin into Hickory Tree Child Care Center, outside of Selbyville, in a backpack that her mother had given her after hers had been ruined by the family’s pet the night before.

After finding the packets, and thinking they were candy, she began passing them out to her classmates that morning at daycare.

Several children who came in contact with the unopened bags were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure and were released after being examined. A total of 249 bags of heroin, weighing 3.735 grams total, were confiscated by police.

Tull was initially charged by Delaware State Police with Maintaining a Drug Property and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and was later released after posting $6,000 secured bond.

Tull has custody of her children — her 4-year old daughter, as well as a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. She must also cooperate with the Division of Family Services as part of her plea deal.